The Rotary Club of Longboat Key has created and affected the following service projects:
For Tuttle Elementary School, a Title I school (meaning a high percentage of its pupil qualify for subsidized or free meals programs) in Sarasota County, we sponsored a Mote Marine educator to present a program to a kindergarten class; contributed to the purchase of two mini iPads for the same class; and gathered and contributed extra school supplies for them.
When the school year begins we will resume assisting the remedial reading program at Tuttle; we call it RAT, for reading at Tuttle.
The Rotary Club of Longboat Key’s Tuttle Elementary Nutrition (TEN) Program is a major accomplishment that has resulted in hundreds of needy children receiving free food every two weeks. In partnership with All Faiths Food Bank we created, and we stock, manage and staff a food pantry every two weeks, where up to 100 households ‘shop’ for free food.
For the Longboat Key community, we promoted and supported plans for a leash-free dog park on Longboat, created a “dressed-up doggie” section of the Longboat Key July 4th parade and developed a database of dog lovers to continue the effort; and we organized and conducted the very first Veterans Day Parade and Recognition Program on Longboat Key and are already planning for next year.
For All Faiths Food Bank, we assisted the ‘Campaign against Summer Hunger’ by publicizing the program on Longboat Key and collecting food for delivery to AFFB.
For Selah Freedom (an organization assisting the transition of young women rescued from sex trafficking right here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties), we “adopted,” refurbished, redecorated and furnished a room of the local residents for their clients, assisted with landscaping, and participated in and worked at a “Run/walk” fundraiser.
For the Salvation Army, we ring bells at Publix and St. Armands Circle and fulfilled Angel Tree gift wishes.
We are exploring and creating new programs according to the interests of our members and the needs we discover.